Urban Ministries

“Ministering To The Homeless, The Helpless And The Hopeless.”

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WHOSOEVER GOSPEL MISSION
P.O. Box 48308
101 E. Chelten Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: (215) 438-3094

The Whosoever Gospel Mission is a Christian nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide shelter, food, clothing, education, counseling, rehabilitation and other assistance to homeless and/or needy men, women and children in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. As the lighted sign on our rooftop proclaims each night, we seek to offer the love of Jesus and the hope of the Gospel in both word and deed to those who are hurting.

Starting in the fall and ending in the Spring, a group from the Church of the Good Samaritans partners with them in making trips to the Whosoever Gospel Mission in Germantown to bring to the residents an afternoon worship service which includes singing Praise Songs, led by the praise team, followed by presenting the Word of God to the men.

After the Worship Service, the men and the team from the church, enjoy a time of fellowship around a meal together that is prepared and served by those that live at the mission.

Also, for the past three years, “Good Sam” has had the privilege and pleasure of having the men come to the Church Of The Good Samaritans to spend an afternoon with us. Several members drive into Philadelphia and bring the men back to the church. Upon their arriving, the men have a time to play volleyball, horseshoes and other outdoor activities.
Some just relax while a dinner is prepared for them. The first year the ladies of the church prepared a wonderful meal of various pasta entries; the last couple of years we had a cook-out (Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, salads, baked beans, chips and drinks). After the meal, there is a table that has an ample variety of desserts to choose from and enjoy.

After breaking bread together, we move into the sanctuary for a time of music and singing praise to God, presentation of the Word, followed by testimonies and sharing of what God has done in theirs, and our lives. It is always an exciting time of worship and lifting up the Lord.

 

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HELPING HAND RESCUE MISSION
 610 N 6th St  Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 627-1656

Since 1905, the Helping Hand Rescue Mission has ministered the gospel of Jesus Christ to the homeless and needy of Philadelphia. At the Helping Hand Rescue Mission, services are offered; regardless of how many times an individual has fallen down. They serve those that have often been abandoned by main-stream society. As Christians, they feel this is their duty and responsibility.

“Good Sam” partners with them by traveling to Center City Philadelphia to assist in this ministry.  These trips find a group from the church giving up a Sunday afternoon to minister to the homeless and needy in center city.  The praise team starts out by leading those in attendance with praise songs, followed by our Pastor presenting the Word of God.

While the Word is being given, the rest of the group go downstairs and set up tables in preparation for serving a meal.  When the service is done upstairs, the folks come down and are seated, and we begin serving them.  On some occasions, we have enough been in the kitchen, making up the plates of food before we serve.

Also, there are times when after the meal, we assist in handing out various types of clothing that have been donated by organizations.  It is a time when we can truly show the Love of our Savior to those we encounter, and it is truly a blessing for all that have performed this service in the past.  For as Jesus said:

35 ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Matthew 25:35-36 – New International Version (NIV)

 

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2916-18 North 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19133
(215) 223-7897

Crossroads began in 1965 as an orientation center for new residents in the area. Shortly afterwards, it became a meeting place for teenagers as well. Since then, Crossroads has added other programs and services for a wide variety of people in our neighborhood. In the past, the neighborhood had been given the nickname “The Badlands”, but they’re helping to re-invent it, as “God’s Land”!

Crossroads Community Center is a Christian organization located in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia, located at 2916-18 N 6th Street. It is sponsored by the Eastern District Conference of the MCUSA and other supporting AMEC Churches. It has close ties to Second Mennonite Church at Franklin Street and Indiana Avenue.

“Good Sam” has partnered with Crossroads for many, many years. We host an annual Easter Egg hunt for not only the children of our church and community, but for the children from Crossroads.  The children who came those many years ago, found the church’s property so open and vast to what they were accustomed to in Philadelphia, that they dubbed the church “The Farm” and eagerly looked forward to the Easter Egg hunts each year.

At this event, Crossroads, picks up baking supplies that we collect specifically for them. The goods are used to bake cookies which the children sell throughout their neighborhood.  The collected funds are then used to help defray costs for going to summer camp.  Our Sunday School has given them financial assistance over the years.  In the past, our Youth and other members have gone to their facilities to assist in repairs, painting, and any other assistance they need.

This ministry means a lot to the those who use it, and it means a lot to the neighborhood. God is using this organization in a mighty way.

 

Brotherhood Mission401 E. Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Call Us: (267) 284-0405
Email Us: info@pbrm.org

The Philadelphia Brotherhood Rescue Mission has been helping the homeless and rebuilding lives since 1908. Dr. Russell Conwell,  Pastor of the Baptist Temple, was one of the founding fathers of the Philadelphia Brotherhood Rescue Mission.  Dr. Conwell saw the need to help men who were migrating to the Philadelphia area who were in need of food and shelter.

To answer the need, he started the Mission which became incorporated in January of 1908.  From 1908 to the 1980’s the Mission operated as an emergency shelter for the homeless; providing food, clothing and shelter to those entering the doors.  In addition, during the 1970’s the Mission also operated a youth summer camp.

In the late 1980’s the Mission was seeing an overwhelming amount of men dealing with drug and alcohol addiction. To date, the Mission is still helping those overcome drug and alcohol addiction & homelessness to become self-sufficient and go on to live joyful and abundant lives.

Evening so often Pastor Bob brings the Word at a an early morning service.